Charlie Chaplin, A Vision

Yuz Museum in Shanghai, China

June 8, 2018 – October 7, 2018

Yuz Museum recently opened a major retrospective exhibition of the King of Comedy, Charlie Chaplin, to China, coproduced by the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne and Yuz Museum, Shanghai.

Charlie Chaplin is the founder of modern comedy, one of the most influential performing artists and film directors of the 20th century. His comical image with bowler hat, bamboo cane and small moustache is well known and deeply rooted worldwide. The recipient of a Special Oscar in 1928 for The Circus and an Academy Honorary Award in 1972, Chaplin made an immeasurable contribution to the development of film in the 20th century. He himself was a famous pacifist and social activist.

The Charles Chaplin photographic archive was entrusted to the Musée de l’Elysée in January 2011 by the Chaplin Association and Roy Export SAS. Some 20,000 negatives, prints and original albums cover 60 years of the professional and private life of the filmmaker. The collection includes production and set stills, as well as travel albums and portraits by well-known photographers such as James Abbe, Edward Steichen and Richard Avedon. The Musée de l’Elysée benefited from the collaboration of Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna which digitized and made available the Chaplin photographic and paper archive.

Stills from 1925 film “London”

These stills by James Abbe were taken on the set of “London,” a silent era drama starring Dorothy Gish and Elissa Landi. Sadly, the film appears to be lost to history. Click here to view more.

On the set of the film "London," with Dorothy Gish and cast, 1925

James Abbe

“During the 1920s and 1930s, James Abbe was among the best-known and most-widely published photographers on the international scene. Prolifically photographing the leading luminaries of the era, Abbe was central to the development of the concept of media-induced celebrity.” From James Abbe: Photographer, forward by Brooks Johnson, Chrysler Museum of Art, 2000

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